March 16, 2011
Food apps cont'd, as well as a couple of my other faves

By Blair Anthony Robertson, Bee Restaurant Critic

2do_screen2.pngI got lots of calls and e-mails this morning about my story on food apps. Some readers -- we won't call them Luddites -- are worried that this newfangled iPad thing is going to make books a thing of the past. Not a chance. Cookbooks are a huge industry with plenty of clout. Sacramento's own Biba Caggiano, for instance, has sold 600,00 books.

But, just like the newspaper industry, technology is giving us more options and forcing us to look anew at ways to provide content.

Apps and tablets are part of the solution. Your iPad can be a book, a radio, a TV, a newspaper, a Facebook page and a tool for browsing and buying.

One reader called to recommend an app called "Paprika" ($4.99), which is supposed to take all of your recipes from all kinds of sources and consolidate them. Sounds impossible, but I am going to check it out.

Another reader said he and his wife, both longtime PC users, are new to the iPad and want to consolidate their recipes, too. They are trying the "Recipe Box" ($6.99). In the app store, the description says, "Your recipes will look fantastic -- as if they came straight out of a printed cookbook." Sounds like a winner. It looks like there is going to be a big market for those who want to move everything into one place.

A few emailers also wondered about some of my other favorite apps. One I love is not exactly a food app but it does help you get organized. As anyone who cooks knows, you have to be organized to be successful in the kitchen. It's called 2Do ($6.99) -- a to-list app that I use all the time. I am a fan of the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. One point he makes throughout is that the brain is a great tool for coming up with ideas but a lousy one for storing ideas. Get them out of your head and onto paper (or a digital to-do list) and you are free to come up with more great ideas. My 2Do iPad app syncs with 2Do on my iPhone. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be organized.

Another app I am liking is "ShoppingList" ($2.99), a grocery list app. The best thing about this one is you can sync your list with the list of your significant other. Then you can keep up with who buys what and when. I know it's pretty yuppie, but it makes my life a little more organized. I always like to go shopping when I know what I need. Which reminds me, I need to stop off at the hardware store on the way home. It's on my 2Do app!

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